The Golden Moth Illumination (oracle) Deck proves to be a magical tool that minimalistically lays inroads for wonderful journeys into the terrain of the subconscious. Picking up this deck, out from among the hundreds of other self published decks that are popping up everywhere, feels like walking into an old New York City junk store and finding a magical lamp that lay unnoticed for decades only to realize that you’ve just been granted wishes that you’ve been dreaming about. The power of The Golden Moth is in its simplicity. These 68 simple symbolic images gently nudge your conscious mind into the unconscious roads you wish to traverse. (The deck also includes 2 blank cards that are numbered 69 and 70 so you can add two original images to The Golden Moth as you wish.) Artist and creator, Aijung Kim, composed an oracle out of 2 colors (Gold and Blue?) and from images conjured out of a world of her own. The deck proves to hold its weight as a tool for divination as it has enough varied images to help explore life’s questions. It’s wonderful how the cards are only numbered (1-70) and they are not labeled in any other way allowing for your subconscious to explore new avenues of thought without any other distracting text to push your reading into a prefabricated direction. The cards are physically small, even a little smaller than most Lenormand decks, which make it functional in terms of creating large spread readings. In fact, Aijung created a 9-card spread she calls “The Arrow” and shows you how to use it in the deck’s instruction sheet. It’s quite evident just how much attention to detail Aijung put into making this deck from the color scheme, fonts used to the box being the perfect size to hold the instruction sheet and the cards. There’s even a blessing card that comes in the deck (I’ve included image above). The Golden Moth speaks as one giant labor of Love and I’m so happy to have this deck to work with. If you want to see more of the cards or just geek out with me in exploring The Golden Moth more thoroughly please watch the YouTube video I’ve included below in this blog. The only quasi-critical thing I have to say about the deck is it appears to lack important themes. There are not a lot of specific cards that address finances, career and relationships. Aijung has given the deck owner the ability to add two images to the deck to solve for this. At my current state of consciousness it is a bit jarring to work with an Oracle of which I can’t easily perceive its themes such as: Elements, Zodiac or structured areas of life. I don’t find this issue to be that big of a deal. The lack of those themes being depicted as specific images might actually be refreshing, as it does not preclude a person from asking those questions or from inventing spreads to meet the needs of those topics. One thing is for sure, Aijung has inspired me to consider if I were creating an Oracle what problems would I be trying to solve with it? What questions would I want to answer? How am I the Hero of my story? I would recommend The Golden Moth to anyone who reads tarot or oracle. But I would specifically recommend this deck to those who have grown tired or blocked by the traditional imagery of tarot and oracles. The Golden Moth offers a refreshingly fun and creative world to explore.
Much love to whoever may read this,
Astrology, Tarot, Mystic Arts, Divination and Other Musings